Five fire departments battle Noblesville mulch fire

(WISH Photo/Kevin Ratermann)

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – Firefighters from five different fire departments battled a mulch fire in Noblesville early Saturday morning.

Fire officials say around 3 a.m., a neighbor spotted a lot of smoke near Musselman’s Mulch and called 911. This is in the 17000 block of Durbin Road.

(WISH Photo/Kevin Ratermann)
(WISH Photo/Kevin Ratermann)

According to Chief Ron Taylor with the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department in Hamilton County, when firefighters arrived there were a number of mulch piles burning. Taylor said at one point, there were as many as eight on fire.

The incident can be considered a case of spontaneous combustion, Taylor said. Heat within the mulch piles builds up and reaches a certain temperature, and when wind hits those piles, a flame can develop.

Taylor said the mulch piles have been smoldering for a few weeks, and crews have been moving them around to prevent problems. But, he said high winds overnight got embers going. Those embers blew into other mulch piles and started the fire.

Fire officials say no injuries were reported. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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